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Policy Goals Void UPMC-Highmark Deal End Date, Judge Told

Law360, Harrisburg (June 10, 2019, 9:08 PM EDT) -- Overarching efforts to shield consumers from fallout as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center looks to end its contractual relationship with insurer Highmark allowed the state to strip a looming termination date from a soon-to-expire deal created to smooth the companies' divorce, a Pennsylvania judge heard Monday.

Executive Deputy Attorney General James Donahue III had served as a go-between five years ago as the state brokered a consent decree aimed at winding down Highmark Inc.'s in-network access to UPMC facilities. He told a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge during testimony Monday in Harrisburg that the deal's expiration date took a backseat to...

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